Edo 2020: IGP Deploys 1 DIG, 1 AIG, 8 CPs To Coordinate Security Operations

· Bars Security Aides from accompanying VIPs and Political appointees on Election Day

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has deployed DIG Adeleye Olusola Oyabade, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning to supervise the general security arrangement for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

According to a statement by Force spokesman, Frank Mba, on Friday, the move is in line with efforts at ensuring apt coordination of security arrangements towards a hitch-free election on September 19, 2020.

Mba disclosed that DIG Oyabade would be assisted by AIG Karma Hosea Hassan, the Assistant Inspector General in charge of Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters, Abuja and eight (8) Commissioners of Police.

“The DIG, with the assistance of the AIG, will superintend over the entire security architecture and ensure effective monitoring of the election and due enforcement of all electoral laws in the State,” the statement said.

“Other senior Police Officers similarly involved (in election monitoring and evaluation) include: CP Garba Baba Umar, CP Habu Sani and CP Buba Sanusi. CP Akeera M. Yonous will coordinate the operations of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other special strike forces.

“The other four (4) CPs will supervise security arrangement in the three senatorial districts of the State. They are: CP Omololu .S. Bishi and CP Abutu Yaro Edo North senatorial district, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu Edo Central Senatorial District and CP Olokade T. Olawale, Edo South Senatorial District.”

Meanwhile, the IGP has barred security aides attached to VIPs and Political appointees from accompanying their principals on the Election Day. He warned that anyone who flouts this order would be severely reprimanded.

Adamu also charged officers and men on election duties in the etate to ensure they work in line with standard best practices and adhere strictly with the approved Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for the elections.

He called on members of the public particularly politicians, governorship candidates and other relevant stakeholders in Edo to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies “in the patriotic task of guaranteeing a hitch-free gubernatorial poll.”

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